If we’re allowed to use last night’s game as an indicator to how the Thunder will fare without Russell Westbrook, then it looks as though we have absolutely nothing to worry about.
The Rockets didn’t even look like they belonged on the same court as the Thunder last night. Although, to be fair, the Rockets were playing their fourth game in five nights, so they were already running on tired legs.
How bad was the Rockets’ night last night? Well, the Thunder started the game with a 13-0 run. The Rockets didn’t even log their first points until Dwight Howard hit a turnaround hook shot with 5:27 remaining in the first. There were absolutely zero ties or lead changes in the game, as the Rockets were just too fatigued to make any significant cuts into the Thunder lead. When all was said and done, the Rockets found themselves on the wrong end of a 117-86 drubbing that dropped their record to 21-12, while improving the Thunder to 25-5.
Kevin Durant went off last night, posting 33 points and 13 rebounds. He was the only player on either team to manage a double-double. Thabo Sefolosha dropped 13 points last night, and Reggie Jackson was good for 16 as the starting point guard. Add Jeremy Lamb’s career-high 22 points from the bench, and the entire combo proved too much for the Rockets to surmount.
Chandler Parsons was the only Rockets starter to even manage double digits in points with his 15. Bench players Aaron Brooks and Omri Casspi combined for 32 from the Rockets bench (Brooks: 17 points, Casspi: 15 points), which was only 8 points less than the combined scoring total of all five Rockets starters.
Now the Thunder can rest tonight before welcoming the Portland Trail Blazers to OKC. The Thunder’s last game against them didn’t go so well, as they dropped a Dec. 4th contest in Portland 111-104. Therefore, you know the Thunder are itching to return the favor. The game tips off at 7pm CST, and will be broadcast via Fox Sports Oklahoma, WWLS The Sports Animal, and NBA TV.